Even though Hotpots 火锅 are best taken during winter months, it has become a popular form of dining in Singapore, with a hotpot restaurant found in almost every mall in Singapore.

The Chinese New Year period also makes it an opportunity for families to gather for communal dining, while cooking meats and vegetables over simmering broths.

Also check out and bookmark our other Chinese New Year food guides for other dining out, delivery and CNY snack ideas.

Beauty in The Pot
The Star Vista #02-24, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3am (Mon – Sun)

Outlets at Jewel Changi Airport (B2-224), KINEX (#03-38), NEX (#02-01), The Centrepoint (#05-16), VivoCity (#03-08A), and Westgate (#03-10)

I guess Beauty in The Pot does not need much introduction? Though I find that many hotpot fans are in camps of either HDL or BiTP – which are you?

Beauty in The Pot aims to offer a different dining experience at every outlet.

For comforting hotpot, this outlet serves up six signature soup bases, including Signature Beauty Collagen Broth, Signature Spicy Nourishing Soup (Pork Bone Soup), Herbal Drunken Chicken Broth, Cooling Coconut Broth, Longevity Wild Pine Mushroom Broth (Vegetarian); and Vitamin C Tomato Sweet Corn Broth.

I would recommend the Signature Beauty Collagen Broth, which is a flavourful medley of conpoy, chicken, chicken feet, pork bone and pig’s trotters boiled for many hours.

It results in a broth that is rich in collagen and very tasty – good to go with many of the meat and seafood items.

Recommended items to get include the Homemade Fish Tofu – made with yellowtail fish, soya bean and egg white, Fried Beancurd Skin, Soft Bone Pork Meatballs, and Assorted Dumpling Platter with Pork Roll, Pork and Chives, Prawn Roll and Prawn Dumpling. Beauty In The Pot (Jewel Changi Airport)

Haidilao Hotpot
Outlets at: 313@somerset, Bedok Mall, Century Square, City Square Mall, Clarke Quay, Downtown East, IMM, JCube, Marina Bay Sands, Marina Square, Northshore Plaza, Plaza Singapura, Paya Lebar Quarter, Royal Square @ Novena, Sun Plaza, The Seletar Mall, VivoCity, Wisma Atria

Haidilao Hot Pot should be a familiar name to hotpot lovers, and they have expanded fast to many outlets (one wishes they would list all branches and opening hours clearly on their Facebook).

We all know about its great customer experience within the stores; but let’s hope they extend that same great experience on ease of reservations and information-finding on social media.

The most popular soup choice is the fresh and tangy famous Tomato Soup, followed by the Sichuan Spicy for that numbing flavour and heat.

If you need recommendations with what ingredients to pick, the Haidilao-flavoured Beef Tripe, Haidilao-style Noodles, Chicken with Cumin, Sliced Fish and Homemade Tofu Pudding are some of their top-selections.

A regular to HDL and want to explore other tasty soup choices? Go for the Sichuan Pickles, Mushroom Soup, Pork Stomach and Chicken Soup, Spicy Beef Tallow Soup, and Haidilao-Style Bai-Yu Soup Base.

The creamy and fragrance Laksa soup base ($14) has become one of my favourite soup bases to have – in case you have not realised HDL has it.

As an accompaniment, I would say you can go for classic ingredients of Fried Luncheon Meat, Fish Roe Stuffed Beancurd, Fried Crispy Fish Skin, Fishball and Quail Eggs. More scrumptious when they absorb some of that rich laksa gravy. Haidilao (Marina Square)

Empire Hotpot
391 Orchard Road, #05-13/14 Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6908 0606
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 2:45pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 2:45pm (Sat), 10:30am – 2:45pm (Sun)
Dinner 6pm – 9:45pm (Mon – Sun)
Reservation: https://www.empirehotpot.com/reservation

Empire Hotpot, a sister brand restaurant of Empire Fine Chinese Cuisine, located at Level 5 of Ngee Ann City.

It offers eight types of in-house soup bases, including their signature Empire Supreme Lobster Broth, American Ginseng & Angelica Root Fish Head Soup, Chicken Soup with Yellow Morel, Japanese Rice Wine Clam Soup, Homemade Satay Hotpot, Italian Tomato Soup and more.

The Empire Supreme Lobster Broth ($38 for full pot) is prepared with extracted flavours of the Boston lobster, pooled with golden bamboo shoots, pumpkins and onions.

Its subtly sweet, crustacean-based flavour is an ideal base for your hotpot, while its golden-yellow hue adds an enticing visual appeal to your bowl.

Ordering a soup base also includes half a portion of Boston lobster, in which you could savour chunks of the sweet meat cooked in the broth itself.

If you enjoy hot and peppery flavours, the Sichuan Spicy Soup ($10 for half pot, $20 for full pot is for you. The broth features a mix of Sichuan peppercorns, green pepper, cardamom and dried chilli. Empire Hotpot (Orchard Road)

Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot
6 Lorong Telok, Singapore 049019
Tel: +65 6536 8058
Opening Hours: 11am 3pm, 4pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 12pm – 10:30pm (Sat, Sun)

Go for the interestingly unique variety of soup bases at Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot 同心如意传统铜火锅.

I am talking about Golden Chicken Soup, Golden Frog Soup (!), Stewed Marinated Beef with Spicy Soup, Tomato with Oxtail Soup, Pickled Chinese Cabbage with Pork Rib Soup, and Catfish with Spicy Soup.

Every soup base is a product of creative intent, developed after months of tweaking and adjusting until masterfully executed. Soups can also be further customised with any of their three levels of spicy-and-sour.

Two signature soup bases in Tong Xin Ru Yu’s menu are the complex yet mildly flavoured Golden Soup available in Chicken and ($68 for full pot) variants.

The Golden Soup is composed of different ingredients added in at the right moment – a medley of black fungus, yam, konjac, pineapple chunks, sliced cucumber, brown shimeji mushrooms, fresh parsley, and sweet golden pumpkin swimming in a pool of liquid gold.

Hours of slow cooking produced a robust flavoured soup that harmoniously blends with fresh hotpot ingredients – your choice of succulent chunks of chicken and a nourishing chicken broth or some plump frogs.

First things first, so you would discover loads of ingredients already within your hotpot broth, so you may just want to savour the soup on its own and tender chicken pieces (they were really soft) before adding more ingredients.

As for the taste, it was something I never quite had before, but it would be a cross between chicken and pumpkin soup? Nourishing tasting, and doesn’t leave you thirsty after seconds and thirds. Tong Xin Ru Yi Traditional Hotpot (Boat Quay)

Imperial Treasure Steamboat Restaurant
Great World #01-140, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
Tel: +65 6235 6008
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)

Imperial Treasure has become synonymous with authentic fine Chinese cuisine, and this multi-awarded steamboat concept serves exceptional quality hot pot with a distinct selection of soup bases.

All soup bases are made in-house and prepared fresh daily. Classic options include Imperial Drunken Chicken Soup, Sichuan Spicy Soup, Ginseng Chicken Soup, and Traditional Pork Bone Soup.

You can tell how they are being painstakingly simmered for hours from the richness of their flavours.

Get a load of choice ingredients like fresh meats, seafood, mushrooms, veggies, and handmade meatballs and noodles. Recommended to add to your hot pot are sliced Japanese Wagyu beef, sliced USA Kurobuta pork belly, sliced fresh abalone, and nice and juicy Boston lobsters.

If you come in a family or group, then perhaps you can choose the Set Menu for 4 ($218) with choice of soups, and ingredients including Kurobuta Pork Belly or Australian Beef Brisket, assorted vegetables, assorted mushrooms, deep-fried ‘Soon Hock’ fish, live prawns and squid.

COCA
Suntec City North Wing #02-440 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 11:15am – 10:30pm (Sat – Sun)

The concept of COCA Restaurant marries authentic Thai cuisine with traditional elements of Cantonese home-style cooking, creating distinctive flavours for decades.

For its hotpot, there are many enticing broths to look forward to, from Double Boiled Treasure, Tom Yum Soup, Chicken Collagen, Merciless Mala, Healthy Fresh Tomato to Over-the-top Coriander Pot – the first of its kind in Singapore.

Get the Hua Diao Phoenix pot. This broth is concocted with Hua Diao – a Chinese rice wine and other herbs with condiments to further enhance the aroma and taste of Double Boiled Treasure.

P.S. Watch out for the blazing “Phoenix” as the server lights up the bowl of tender chicken with fire, before adding the mix into the broth.

As this broth is relatively stronger and more intense tasting, it complements well with non-marinated meats and items such as Chicken Fillet, “Fish Glue”, Meat Paste and Vegetables. COCA Restaurant (Suntec City)

Taikoo Lane Hotpot 太古里火锅
Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Rd, B1-16, Singapore 059413
Tel: +65 6970 0966
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

Taikoo Lane Hotpot 太古里火锅 is a hotpot restaurant nestled right in Chinatown Point (basement 1 next to Uniqlo), by the same team behind Chengdu Restaurant at Amoy Street.

Famed for its deliciously numbing Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu Restaurant has tapped its culinary team to craft a menu of broths in different flavours, and a bevy of unique ingredients – not quite the usual stuff you would find in a typical hotpot restaurant.

At Taikoo Lane Hotpot, diners can have a choice of either individual pots for a more customized experience, or share a large pot among family and friends.

A mala broth for spice fans is the signature Chengdu Green Pepper Broth. If you are bored of the usual mala and want to try something different, this would be a refreshing change.

Inspired by the Fish with Green Peppercorn Soup, a best-seller from Chengdu Restaurant, the broth takes two Sichuan-specialty ingredients (peppercorn oil and green peppercorns) and makes them the soup’s bedrock of flavour.

The peppercorns imported from the Sichuan province, are fried over low heat with small chilies, minced garlic and fermented soy bean sauce. The potent mixture is added to superior soup stock which is boiled for hours. Taikoo Lane Hotpot (Chinatown Point)

Long Qing Specialty Hotpot
18 Hong Kong Street Singapore 059661 (Clarke Quay MRT)
Tel: +65 6533 1618
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm – 2:30pm (Fri – Sat), Dinner 6pm – 11pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Long Qing is one of those not-so-commercial brands that I would have liked to give my support to.

Located at Hong Kong Street opposite Clarke Quay MRT, the interior of concrete wall and wooden furnishing makes it kind of ‘hipster’ as a hotpot specialty restaurant.

Its soup bases are kept fairly straightforward with Signature Clear Broth, Spicy Ma La, Tomato and Wild Mushroom, Spiced Prawns, and Pig Stomach and Old Cucumber.

The Clear Broth soup is recommended, MSG free, cooked for more than 10 hours, with a light herbal taste due to dang gui added. Suitable for those who would like soup bases that are not too heavy.

Add ingredients of Wild Caught Argentinian Red Prawn, Iberico Pork Collar, Angus Oysterblade Beef, Homemade Prawn Paste, Homemade Pork & Cabbage Dumpling, Assorted Mushroom & Vegetables, and Crispy Beancurd Skin Roll.

Da Long Yi Hotpot Singapore
Orchard Central #08-06/07/08, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
Tel: +65 6509 0002
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)

Feast together with friends and family over a special steamboat meal at Da Long Yi, a prominent Chinese hotpot brand. Its first outlet opened in 2013 in Chengdu, China and swiftly grew to more than 200 restaurants in Mainland China.

Conveniently located on the 8th floor, Da Long Yi is on the left side as you step out of the elevator. Occupying 3 units, it is quite spacious with impressive interiors.

If you are after an authentic Szechuan experience, the quality of food here will not disappoint.

Pick the Butter Mala Soup Base as this is the signature of Da Long Yi. I thought this was more ‘la’ (spicy) than ‘ma’ (numbing), and may make some break out in sweat. Quite shiok.

The Shrimp Paste ($16), Mountain Marble Beef ($24), Kongfu Potato Chips ($7), Spicy Pork Ribs ($24), and Rose Beef Tongue ($20) are other recommended items.

You can find a variety of hotpot spices and sauces from the sauce station ($2.50 per person). Check out their own customised sesame oil, which is the hallmark of an authentic Chengdu hotpot restaurant.

Little Sheep (Xiao Fei Yang)
277 Orchard Road, #B1-13 Orchard, Gateway 238858
Tel: +65 6222 9959
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)

This Little Sheep is a premium hotpot chain with over 300 outlets across China, United States, Canada, and Japan, and this is its first outlet in Singapore.

The hotpot restaurant is known for its 36-spice soup base, which is the House Original Soup. You will find goji berries, black cardamom pods, jujubes, ginseng, and herbs bobbing on the surface, enlivening this white-coloured broth cooked with beef bones and Kampong chicken.

For a mala broth in your hot pot, order the House Spicy Soup complete with the fiery numbing peppercorns and red chili oil. Other soup bases to explore include Mushroom and Tomato.

If you want some lamb in your hot pot, get their bestselling Beef and Lamb Rolls Platter – just in case someone in your group likes beef over lamb.

You will get a plate of finely marbled lamb rolls that turn tender and flavourful once dipped into their signature Mongolian-style broth.

Adding one more because this is good for the budget-conscious…

Shi Li Fang
The Star Vista #02-09, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm

Outlets at: Bedok Point, Chinatown Point, City Square Mall, Compass One, Eastpoint Mall, Hougang 1, JCube, Junction 10, Kinex, Orchard Central, Sembawang Shopping Centre, Tiong Bahru Plaza, West Coast Plaza

Shi Li Fang is a hotpot restaurant chain offering satisfying steamboat experience at affordable pricing. Some people go there to collect stamps to exchange for soft toys.

You can choose from any of its nine featured soup bases: Ravishing Tomato Soup, Specialty Mala Soup, Tonic Chicken Soup, Beauty Collagen Chicken, Nourishing Fish, Japanese Style Pork Bone Soup, Tasty Pickled Vegetables Soup, Vegetarian Soup and Tasty Mushroom Soup. Make it a healthy meal as all soup bases here are MSG-free.

Load up your selected soup with your preferred meats, and amplify the flavour with any of its 25 different type of dipping sauce and garnishes.

Whether you’re dining solo, with a friend or a small group, you’ll find a practical and convenient set. They have a variety of one-person hotpot sets (Value Set Meal $9.90 onwards) including sets with superior marbled pork slice, fish slice and superior chicken, mushroom, Shilifang speciality chicken, pork and chicken combo, or the all-in-one set meal.

If you are dining with a partner, the 2-pax Value Set Meal ($30.80 onwards) is just perfect. Get the Pork and Chicken Combo Set Meal, included with two portions of vegetables and two carbs (rice and noodles). Pretty filling yet affordable, I must say.

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